I’ve learned that if you leave it up to fate, you’re not going to accomplish your goals. I’m a second generation immigrant, woman of color, with six siblings, who grew up in a low-income family. If I left it up to fate, I wouldn’t be where I am right now.
Growing up my dad repeatedly told me to “work hard and get a good education,” so that I could have a better life than him. My dad came to the United States from Mexico in his twenties and worked multiple jobs to support the family. He had the challenge of supporting a large family while learning a new culture and language. Hearing him say those words ignited a fire in me. For one thing, I didn’t want to work multiple jobs. I also wanted to make him proud. I knew that in order to accomplish a goal, I needed to make it happen. So throughout high school, I put my all into everything that I did, and was eventually accepted into Yale University.
But even now, having been out of college for five years, I’m understanding more than ever that nothing is handed to you on a silver platter– especially as a woman of color. No one is going to tell you what choice to make, what career path to take, or how to ask for what you need. You need to keep your goals in mind, and often work twice as hard, to make them happen!
It isn’t always easy, but I’m continuously learning how to navigate a world that wasn’t necessarily built for people like me. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel, and work remotely for a company based in San Francisco. I’m incredibly appreciative, but I know that I can’t stay complacent or leave it up to fate to determine what’s next for me.
– Alondra Arguello Yale ’17